Photos of GRCC’s Ice Carving Team Competing in Holland

Vicky Janowiak was in attendance as students from the ice carving team of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education competed in Holland over the weekend and took these photos of the event.

GRCC in the News: 1/8/10-1/11/10

Ice sculpting competition melts away winter blues
By PETER DAINING | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 11, 2010 @ 05:30 AM

Holland, MI —  They’re no Michelangelos, but apprentice sculptors at the Downtown Holland Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition have the upper hand on any ancient Italian master in one category — speed.  Twenty-eight young artists turned downtown Holland into an animal sanctuary, full of both mythical and realistic creatures, in just four hours Saturday. […] First place went to the two-person team from Oakland Community College.The University of Akron  took second place, and Grand Rapids Community College took third.  (More)

College ice sculpting contest in downtown Holland this weekend
Grand Haven Tribune | Fri, Jan 8, 2010

HOLLAND – The second annual Downtown Holland Ice Sculpting Competition is Friday and Saturday.  Downtown Holland is partnering with the National Ice Carving Association to host the collegiate competition. NICA is a global organization devoted to promoting ice carving as an art and business, to providing ice carving education, and to networking ice carvers across the country and around the world. […] The schools scheduled to compete include the Art Institute of Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College, Oakland Community College, New York Delhi College and the University of Akron.  (More)

Information Sessions on Using Financial Aid to Study Abroad

Students interested in how they might be able to use financial aid for study abroad opportunities should attend one of two scheduled information sessions with Paul Doane of GRCC’s Financial Aid Office.  Both sessions will be held in Room 226 of the Main Building.
  • Friday, January 15 – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, January 18 – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

AGC Meeting: 1/12/10

The next Academic Governing Council (AGC) meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th at 3:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room of the Student Community Center.  During this meeting AGC representatives will:

  • vote to approve two Admissions’ policies
  • vote to endorse the LET Vision Statement and Guidelines and the updated Sabbatical Process
  • discuss the Events on Campus guidelines
  • receive an update regarding Academic Standing
  • learn about the current Rewards and Recognition Team work
  • receive an update regarding Admission Deadlines and Late Admission
  • discuss the proposed GLO for Sustainability and Community Engagement
  • learn about the PY 100 Fall 2009 success data and policy statement

For more information about AGC click on the AGC website link

Learning Academy Offerings: 1/15/10-1/21/10

These are the latest offerings from the Learning Academy for Faculty & Staff:

Friday, January 15

  • Blackboard Basics for Faculty  11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Monday, January 18

  • Intro to Blackboard Content System  1-2 p.m.
  • Zumba begins  4:45-5:45 p.m.  (Cost: $15 payable in Learning Academy)

Tuesday, January 19

  • Dealing with Change  9:30-11 a.m.

Thursday, January 21

  • Best Practices for Taking Notes  9:30-10:30 a.m.

Go to for details or to register.   * No preregistration needed

Zumba Time Again

Be Healthy Be Fit is sponsoring two six-week sessions this winter semester.  Sessions will be held on Mondays from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in 351 Main.  The first session begins Monday, January 18 and will conclude February 22.  The second session will begin Monday, March 8 and conclude April 12.  The cost of each 6 week session is $15 payable in advance in the Learning Academy for Faculty & Staff.  Sorry, individual weekly payment is not available.  Questions can be directed to Liz Timmer at

ORS Pre-Retirement Information Meetings

The Office of Retirement Services has recently announced more online and onsite Pretirement Information Meetings (PRIMs)*. Register by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to “Webinars and Seminars” on this website.
  2. Click on region.
  3. Complete the short registration form.
  4. Click submit.

To ensure adequate seating and materials, advance registration is required for these meetings.  *A list of dates/times/locations for the meetings is available on the website.